How to Take Care of an Orchid Indoors

Overview

Orchids are striking additions to any home. With their tall, slender stalks and foreign-looking blossoms, orchids range in color from deep pinks to mixed shades of whites and browns. Orchids come in many varieties and, depending on the type, many other colors as well. Growing an orchid indoors can be meticulous, but successful if the right precautions are taken. By following a few steps, you will be able to grow an orchid in your own home.

Step 1

Fill a planting container that has plenty of drainage holes with an orchid potting mix. Rest the container on a drainage dish filled with small rocks or pebbles.

Step 2

Plant the orchid into the container. Water until the soil is moist to the touch. Water the orchid weekly or when the soil is dry to the touch.

Step 3

Place the orchid in an area that receives full sun for most of the day.

Step 4

Mist the orchid daily to maintain a humidity of about 50 percent. Although optional, a humidifier in the room where the orchid grows can help as well.

Step 5

Remove dead blooms with sharp pruning shears, if you wish, although pruning isn't necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Waterlogged soil will prevent the orchid from growing and increase the chances of fungal growth and disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Planting container with drainage holes
  • Orchid potting mix
  • Drainage dish
  • Small rocks/pebbles
  • Misting bottle
  • Humidifier (optional)
  • Pruning shears

References

  • The Garden Helper: Indoor orchids
Keywords: Indoor orchid care, caring for orchids, Orchids as houseplants

About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.